We’ve been cooking pretty healthy lately, since summer is coming, and of course that means bikini season! I don’t know about anyone else, but after I’ve been dieting for a while, all I want is exactly what I can’t have– pop, cookies, juice, Chinese food… I love General Tso’s chicken. So, we made some.
I was prepared to spend a while in the kitchen, making a huge mess, slaving over the stove for a likely less-than-par Chinese meal to fill my “food void”. But guess what! It didn’t take long, I didn’t make a huge mess, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and it was delicious. And of course, much healthier than take out.
Healthy General Tso’s Recipe
– 1 tablespoon cornstarch
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 cups chosen vegetables, snow peas and/or broccoli recommended
– 4 chopped garlic cloves
– 2 teaspoons grated ginger
– 3 tablespoons brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, depending on preference
– 4 tablespoons cornstarch
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1 pound (organic, free range) chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
Mix together water and cornstarch until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Set aside.
Mix cornstarch, salt and pepper. Lightly coat on chicken.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil (I used olive oil). Cook chicken, stirring and flipping occasionally until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from pan, and set the chicken aside.
Add sauce to skillet and cook until vegetables are tender and sauce is thickened. Add chicken (and any collected juices) to skillet. Toss/stir to coat.
Serve with rice.